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How do we balance Faith and Reason?

Welcome to another year celebrating what makes us human through "Rites. Rights. Writes." This year our focus is on how we all balance faith and reason in our lives during our year long, University-wide exploration of the influence of the arts across the multiple dimensions - and discourse communities - of our lives.

The capacity for faith and the ability to reason are two fundamental features that make us human. And this year we will focus our community discussion on how arts shape perceptions of social issues and how they create cultural, political and personal change through the dual, but complimentary, lenses of faith and reason.

"Rites. Rights. Writes." was inspired in 2013 by the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and the compelling challenges of advancing global human rights in the 21st century.

This year's focus on faith and reason builds on our developments and discoveries so we can continue to act to improve global conditions.

Faith & Reason - the origins of humanity?

Main Events

Events of the 2014-15 "Rites. Rights. Writes." examine the human need for spirituality in the broader context of academic exploration. A select series of events, on and off campus, embody this year's theme of "Faith & Reason." Musical performances, art exhibitions, lectures, colloquia and conferences will inspire us to reflect on the complex connections of mind and spirit that live within all of us.


In addition to individual, stand-alone events, the 2014-15 academic year promises an exciting and varied list of events and activities brought together under the themes of these campuswide serial programs:

  • Campus Cultural Connections
  • Dead Man Walking Series
  • Dunbar Series
  • Faith & Reason Events
  • Imprints and Impressions Series

A year of discovery and celebration.

The diversity of events planned for the 2014-2015 academic year gives testimony to the broad-reaching effect of research in cultural traditions, rights and communication. Many departments, programs and other offices from every corner of campus have joined in this initiative by dedicating special events and annual events to the theme of "Rights. Rites. Writes."

Practicing faith and reason in our daily lives.

Are you ready to make a difference?

Service programs and clubs are a great place to start. The University of Dayton provides many service opportunities. You can contribute for a weekend — or an entire semester — and even earn semester hours through some opportunities.

In addition to our multitude of campus-wide service opportunities, students are invited to explore the department of political science's B.A. program in human rights studies, one of the nation’s first undergraduate human rights studies degree programs.

How can we help you?

Many offices across the University of Dayton have dedicated 2014-15 events and activities to "Rites. Rights. Writes." We encourage you to address any questions you may have for specific events to those sponsoring departments and programs. The overarching initiative itself is the work of the Office of the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages. Our office information:






466 Humanities Center
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1549